Bound caravan of Central American migrants swells to 5,000

24 October, 2018, 03:04 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Trump threatens to send troops to the border and cancel trade deal to stop migrant caravan

Thousands of Central American migrants, many with their feet bandaged and blistered, gathered Monday in this southern Mexican town preparing to embark on the arduous 2,000-mile walk to the USA border even as President Donald Trump rained more threats on their governments. There were 10 buses and the drivers had been instructed to carry the migrants to shelters in Tapachula. Trump has made it a political issue in the November 6 midterm US congressional election, threatened to cut off regional aid, close the US-Mexico border and deploy troops there if Mexico failed to halt the migrants.

The migrants, who said they gave up trying to enter Mexico legally because the asylum application process was too slow and most want to continue to the US, gathered Saturday at a park in the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo.

"I also asked for authorisation to hire ground transportation for anyone who wants to return and an air bridge for special cases of women, children, the elderly and the sick", Mr Hernandez tweeted.

A Honduran migrant looks over the Suchiate River, which separates Mexico and Guatemala, as he stands on a bridge covered by drying clothes in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, at sunrise Sunday near Mexico's Ciudad Hidalgo.

The american president Donald Trump thanked, Saturday, October 20, the mexican authorities for their efforts to block the caravan.

A day after warning Central American governments they risk losing US aid if they don't do something and saying that anyone entering the USA illegally would be arrested and deported, Trump turned his sights on Democrats and urged Republican allies to campaign on border security.

The migrants have defied threats by Trump that he will close the U.S. -Mexico border if the caravan advances, as well as warnings from the Mexican government that they risk deportation if they can not justify seeking asylum in Mexico.

Current Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray was also sanguine and viewed things through the lens of US politics.

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Camping out on a bridge at Mexico's southern border a day after meeting tear gas and riot police. He says it's important to help others: "Today it's for them, tomorrow for us".

"Ironically, the way President Trump responds to these caravans makes it harder for the Mexican government to co-operate with the US on immigration enforcement", Selee said.

Though Mexico has tried to prevent the migrants from crossing illegally, and ordered them to request asylum from immigration officials at the border crossings, only several hundred did, according to NPR.

"Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!" He added migrants continued to arrive in Mexico and "are likely to remain in the country for an extended period".

Numerous migrants, the overwhelming majority fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, slept on the bridge through heavy rain overnight, dozens of them crammed against a metal border gate guarded by Mexican police.

Migrants exhausted of waiting to cross into Mexico, jumped from a border bridge into the Suchiate River, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Oct. 19, 2018.

In recent years, most Central American migrants traveling on their own have opted for a more direct route that took them to Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas, about 1,140 miles from Tapachula.

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He followed that tweet with another: "The Caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat Party".

Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala says his country has made a decision to enforce a policy of "metered entry" since thousands of migrants are clamouring to cross.

Three federal police units are escorting the massive crowd of migrants marching across southernmost Mexico and a police helicopter has been flying overhead. They also said migrants caught without papers would be deported.

Even though the goal is to reach the USA border, she said: "We only want to work and if a job turns up in Mexico, I would do it".

The leaders said an estimated 5,400 migrants had entered Guatemala since the caravan was announced a week ago, and about 2,000 Hondurans have returned voluntarily.

Orellana says "the economy in Honduras is awful, there is nothing there".

The Red Cross said Saturday that numerous people it is helping along the caravan route, a majority of them women and children, "are suffering from dehydration, stomach infections, and foot injuries as they walk the long journey". "Yes, we are seeing some spikes in Central Americans crossing the border, but overall migration is at a 40-year low", Oglesby said.

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